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Gerry Marsden leaves £480k and a Spanish property to his wife Pauline

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Gerry Marsden left almost £480,000 and a Spanish property to his wife Pauline following his death aged 78 earlier this year, according to reports.  

The Gerry And The Pacemakers front-man - who famously sang You'll Never Walk Alone - suffered an infection in his heart and died following a short illness. 

The money - which totalled ££518,982 before bills - was inherited by Pauline, who the singer married in 1965, reports the Sun.

The news of Gerry's death was broken in January by his friend, radio host Pete Price, who shared a photograph of the pair together.

Reports: Gerry Marsden left almost £480,000 and a Spanish property to his wife Pauline following his death aged 78 earlier this year, according to reports © Provided by Daily Mail Reports: Gerry Marsden left almost £480,000 and a Spanish property to his wife Pauline following his death aged 78 earlier this year, according to reports

Pete, 74, tweeted: 'It's with a very heavy heart after speaking to the family that I have to tell you the Legendary Gerry Marsden MBE after a short illness which was an infection in his heart has sadly passed away.

'Sending all the love in the world to Pauline and his family. You'll Never Walk Alone.'

Gerry is survived by wife Pauline and the couple's two daughters, Yvette and Victoria.

Life partner: The money - which totalled ££518,982 before bills - was inherited by Pauline (pictured), who the singer married in 1965, reports the Sun

Life partner: The money - which totalled ££518,982 before bills - was inherited by Pauline (pictured), who the singer married in 1965, reports the Sun
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Gerry underwent a triple bypass heart surgery in 2003, before having a second heart operation in 2016, and ultimately had a pacemaker of his own fitted, which he once joked wasn't 'funny' given his band's name.

Asked last year whether he found it ironic that his band was called The Pacemakers, Gerry replied: 'No. I'm wearing one, for Christ's sake!' 

Gerry And The Pacemakers achieved fame for their chart-topping hit, You'll Never Walk Alone, in 1963, which led to the band's local football club, Liverpool FC, adopting it as one of their traditional chants.

It is still sung by masses of fans to this day and was used across 2020 across the UK and Europe as an anthem of support for medical staff, first responders, and those in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gerry also had success with hits including I Like It, How Do You Do It, and Ferry Across The Mersey - the latter being a nod to Mersyside, where the band originated.

Father-of-two: The couple have two daughters, Yvette and Victoria [pictured in 1967] © Provided by Daily Mail Father-of-two: The couple have two daughters, Yvette and Victoria [pictured in 1967] a group of people sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Swinging sixties: Gerry also had success with hits including I Like It, How Do You Do It, and Ferry Across The Mersey [pictured in 1960] © Provided by Daily Mail Swinging sixties: Gerry also had success with hits including I Like It, How Do You Do It, and Ferry Across The Mersey [pictured in 1960]

The band were the first ever act to reach number one in the UK charts with their first three single releases.

Gerry was part of the band with his brother Freddie Marsden, along with Les 'Chad' Chadwick and Arthur McMahon. Freddie - who was the band's drummer - died in 2006, age 66, from cancer.

They were tipped to rival the Beatles in their early days. The band were in fact signed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

On Sunday, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr tweeted their reactions to the news.

Sir Paul posted: 'My sympathies go to his wife Pauline and family. See ya, Gerry. I'll always remember you with a smile - Paul!'

George Harrison, John Lennon, Les Chadwick, Roy Orbison posing for a photo © Provided by Daily Mail graphical user interface, text, application, chat or text message: Friendly rivals: On Sunday, Sir Paul McCartney tweeted his reaction to the news © Provided by Daily Mail Friendly rivals: On Sunday, Sir Paul McCartney tweeted his reaction to the news

He shared a photo with Gerry And The Pacemakers, and added: 'Gerry was a mate from our early days in Liverpool. He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene.

'His unforgettable performances of You'll Never Walk Alone and Ferry Cross The Mersey remain in many people's hearts as reminders of a joyful time in British music...'

Sir Ringo Starr tweeted: 'God bless Jerry marsden peace and love to all his family. Gerry. Gerry.'

graphical user interface, text, application: Sir Ringo Starr tweeted: 'God bless Jerry marsden peace and love to all his family. Gerry. Gerry' © Provided by Daily Mail Sir Ringo Starr tweeted: 'God bless Jerry marsden peace and love to all his family. Gerry. Gerry' John Lennon et al. posing for a photo: The good old days: The Beatles and Gerry Marsden are photographed in 1962 © Provided by Daily Mail The good old days: The Beatles and Gerry Marsden are photographed in 1962

Gerry's daughter Yvette Marbeck said on Sunday: 'My sister Vicky and myself have always been very, very proud of dad. He has always been a good man. He had his feet on the ground. He made us laugh every single day. He was our hero, wonderful.

'It was a very short illness and too quick to comprehend really. And his heart has taken some battering over the years. He had a triple bypass, an aortic valve replacement and ironically he also had a pacemaker.

'I am just devastated and heartbroken. Unfortunately he died in hospital which was devastating for us because we were not allowed in due to the current regulations. It is just a dreadful situation for everyone.

'He was our dad, our hero, warm, funny and what you see is what you got.'

a person standing on a baseball field: Gerry And The Pacemakers achieved fame for their chart-topping hit, You¿ll Never Walk Alone, in 1963, which led to the band¿s local football club, Liverpool FC, adopting it as one of their traditional chants [Gerry is pictured singing it in 2010]

Gerry And The Pacemakers achieved fame for their chart-topping hit, You¿ll Never Walk Alone, in 1963, which led to the band¿s local football club, Liverpool FC, adopting it as one of their traditional chants [Gerry is pictured singing it in 2010]
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He had left the band when they disbanded in 1967. The Pacemakers reformed again in 1973, without Freddie, who was running a driving school by then.

They also reformed in 1993 to mark 30 years of the band. 

Gerry was a fixture on TV and the West End stage. But he quit showbusiness in November 2018.

The band were the first ever act to reach number one in the UK charts with their first three single releases [pictured in 1963]

The band were the first ever act to reach number one in the UK charts with their first three single releases [pictured in 1963]
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He received an MBE for Services to Liverpudlian charities at Buckingham Palace in 2003, joined alongside two of his bandmates,

When awarded the honour by Prince Philip, the royal commented that it was nice to see the three old singers back together. Gerry famously replied: 'Not so much of the old sir!' 

As the news broke on Sunday, tributes flooded in for Gerry, including one from the ex-CEO of Liverpool FC, Peter Moore. 

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'Tragic news this morning. We have lost one of the most treasured members of the @LFC family. We were honoured to welcome Gerry to Anfield in 2018, and he rewarded us by singing YNWA just before kick off. #RIPGerry,' was his tweet.

Liverpool FC echoed this on twitter, posting: 'It is with such great sadness that we hear of Gerry Marsden's passing. Gerry's words will live on forever with us. You'll Never Walk Alone.'

Piers Morgan tweeted: 'RIP Gerry Marsden, 78. The man who with Gerry And The Pacemakers gave the people of Liverpool two of the city's greatest anthems. Ferry Cross The Mersey and You'll Never Walk Alone. Great singer, great character. Very sad news.'

Back in 2017, Gerry dramatically collapsed onstage during a gig with his band, falling flat on his back in front of shocked fans while singing Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles.

a man wearing a hat and sunglasses: Liverpool star: The band originated from Mersyside [pictured in 1992]

Liverpool star: The band originated from Mersyside [pictured in 1992]
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The concert was taking part in Newport, South Wales, as part of his UK tour at the time.

Said to have looked 'visibly shaken and in pain' by those in attendance, he apologised to the concerned audience before leaving the stage - as the rest of the band carried on with the Gerry Cross The Mersey show.

An audience member said at the time said: 'As a song ended Gerry turned away from the audience, stumbled and appeared to lose his balance.

Les Chadwick, Gerry Marsden sitting at a table: Tea for four: The band are snapped backstage at the Sunday Night At The Prince Of Wales TV show at Christmastime 1963

Tea for four: The band are snapped backstage at the Sunday Night At The Prince Of Wales TV show at Christmastime 1963
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'The stage hand came on to help him and he appeared to regain his balance as the stage hand removed his guitar. Gerry then lost his balance again and fell back in front of the percussion area, landing on his back.

'As the stage hand and a band member helped him up Gerry looked visibly shaken and in pain. He apologised to the audience explaining that he was due to go for a knee operation next week and that he had hoped to make it through the show.

'He apologised once again and was lead off by the stage hand as the audience gave him a round of applause. 'The band wished him well before proclaiming the show must go on before launching into The Love Affair hit, Everlasting Love.'

It was the following year that Gerry decided to retire from the spotlight. 

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